2016 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 1

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Munekata Hiro 
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Course description and aims

The course teaches the basics of static electric and magnetic fields in vacuum, starting with Coulomb’s force law for charges.

Electromagnetism is important for understanding nature, and is essential for the study of science, engineering, life sciences, and other specialized courses. Students will understand how electric and magnetic fields are produced by charges and current, respectively, and their mathematical descriptions. This will allow them to understand static electromagnetic phenomena as well as allow them to solve basic problems in electromagnetism.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the concepts of electric field, electric potential, electrostatic energy, magnetic flux density, magnetic moment, etc., correctly, and describe them mathematically.
2) Understand Gauss's law for electric fields and the Biot-Savart law for magnetic fields correctly, and find the electric field and magnetic flux density by applying said laws.
3) Find mathematical solutions to problems in electromagnetism expressed by the appropriate equations, and explain the physical meaning of said solutions.


Coulomb’s law, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, conductor, condenser, capacitance, electrostatic energy, electric current, magnetic force, magnetic flux density, magnetic moment, Biot-Savart law

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Two-thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. To allow students to get a good understanding of the course contents and practice application, problems related to the contents of this course are provided in Exercises in Physics II.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 textbook p.1-25 Charge, Electric fields, Superposition principle, Electrical flux line, Gauss' law for electric fields textbook exercise 1.3.3 and 1.4.2, and problems 1.6 and 1.9
Class 2 textbook p.24-36 Electric potential, relation between electric fields and electric potential, dipoles textbook exercise 1.4.3 and 1.5.1, and problem 1.10
Class 3 textbook p.35-52 conductors and electric fields, electrostatic energy I textbook exercise 1.5.4, p.40-41, p.42 fig.1.31(a)(b)
Class 4 textbook p.52-55 and p.70-72 electrostatic energy II, electric current and magnetic fields textbook fig.1.40, eqs. (1.80) and (1.81), fig.2.5, and eq.(2.21)
Class 5 textbook p.72-75 and p.87-90 Lorentz force and cross (vector) product, Gauss' law for magnetic fields textbook eq. (2.26) and fig.2.21,
Class 6 textbook p.77-84 magnetic moment, Biot-Savart law I textbook exercise 2.3.1, 2.4.1
Class 7 textbook p.85-87, Biot-Savart law II textbook exercise 2.4.3
Class 8 textbook p.91-98 Biot-Savart law II, Ampere's law textbook exercise 2.6.1


Electromagnetism, Hidekazu Tanaka, Baifu-kan 

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Electromagnetism, Masatoshi Nakayama, Shokabou

Assessment criteria and methods

Learning achievement is evaluated by a final exam.

Related courses

  • LAS.P106 : Exercises in Physics II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No prerequisites.

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